How Much Will It Cost to Install a Ceiling Fan?

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Updated November 23, 2021
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Standard ceiling fan installation costs without additional wiring range from $150 to $360

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While bringing a cool new look to your home with a new ceiling fan installation comes with a price tag between $150 to $360 without complex wiring, the average cost for the project for most breeze-seeking homeowners is around $250. You'll fall on the higher end if adding your new fan involves a challenging installation.

How Much Does Ceiling Fan Installation Cost?

You have to factor in the price of your new fan and labor when estimating the cost to install a new ceiling fan. To keep things easy, breezy, and without electrical problems, it's crucial to hire a licensed electrician near you to install your fan to ensure that your new wiring is up to code.

A new ceiling fan can cost anywhere from $50 to $1,400. Price really comes down to size, materials, and special features. Ceiling fans with remote controls, LED lights, and high-end finishes cost more than standard flush-mounted ceiling fans. This is where you have the most control over your budget.

Labor can cost anywhere from $50 to $600. Fancy fans don't just cost more; they also cost more to install.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a New Ceiling Fan Yourself?

If you're just swapping one ceiling fan for another, the DIY price may not be much more than the retail price of your new fan.

However, you may need to factor in materials like a special ladder if you're mounting your fan to a vaulted ceiling.

What if you need wiring done? In addition to being dangerous, rewiring your home on your own if you're not a licensed electrician could be a code violation.

If you need to rearrange or add wiring, this goes from a simple DIY Saturday project to a task that requires professional installation.

You can also damage your ceiling (and everything below it) if there's not enough support for the weight of your new fan. It's a good idea to have the situation assessed by a pro, even if you're pretty sure you can tackle it on your own. An assessment is a lot cheaper than a ceiling restoration.

Ceiling Fan Installation Cost Breakdown

Let's cover some of the costs of getting a fan perfectly fit on your ceiling.

6 cost factors for ceiling fan installation, with the cost for new wiring averaging $2,000

Basic Installation With Existing Wiring

If you're replacing a ceiling fan, you may be able to simply attach the new fan to the same wiring. If this is the case, a professional installation may cost between $100 and $300.

Installation Without Existing Wiring

Starting with a blank canvas? Adding wiring where no ceiling wiring exists means your electrician will have to start from scratch by opening up walls, running wires, installing boxes, and hooking up your junction box. This is a big job that might cost up to $2,000.

Installing a Ceiling Fan With a Light

If you're replacing a light-fan combo with a new light-fan combo, there's a good chance you won't need to add new wiring. If you're replacing an ordinary light or fan with a new fan-light combo, be prepared to pay between $100 and $300 extra.

Installing Switches

If you've decided to have your new fan installed on your existing lightbox, you may not be able to have your fan and light on the same switch. To fix this, ask your electrician to sync the power switches by running another line, adding a bigger box, and installing a switch. Expect to add another $100 to $200 on top of installation costs for this very convenient touch.

Selecting a Fan With a Remote Control

If you don't mind spending another $150 to $300, you can purchase a fan with its own remote control that allows you to control your light and fan speed at the same time. While this is often an alternative to paying to have your wiring switched around by an electrician, it's a temporary fix.

What Factors Influence the Cost to Install a New Ceiling Fan?

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Number of Fans

While installing more than one fan is more expensive, bundling installations can save you money on labor time and materials in the long run if you're doing a larger makeover. Why is that?

When charging hourly fees, most electricians include travel costs into the first hour only.

Next, it’s cheaper to run wires in the same room because you're only opening one set of holes for both of your new fans. You can also use one set of switches with a single box for both fans.

Ease of Access

If your electrician needs to cut holes due to limited access to wires, boxes, and switches, this will require extra labor and materials.

FAQs About Ceiling Fan Installation Cost

How do I install a ceiling fan?

Here's what you'll need to do to install a new ceiling fan, provided you have the requisite knowledge and skill and aren’t rewiring:

  • Turn off power to your home's breaker box

  • Remove any existing lights or fans in the area where you'll be installing your new fan

  • Remove the existing wiring

  • Add any supports needed to hold the weight of the new fan you've selected

  • Add new housing to the current box

  • Finish with wiring based on all of your local codes

  • Install the fan per the instructions provided in the fan box

  • After restoring power at your breaker box, ensure that your fan works

This is assuming you already have wiring because you're replacing a fan. If you don't, you'll need to cut through your ceiling to get the installation done. The real scoop? It's pretty much time to call a pro at this point.

Why should I pick a fan with a light?

If you're paying an electrician to install your ceiling fan, it's worth paying just a little more to choose a bigger fan that also has lighting. This is a great way to add more overhead light to a room without taking up more space.

What should I consider when choosing a ceiling fan?

Pay attention to the weight and width of a fan. If your new fan is substantially heavier than the fan you're replacing, you may need to have a pro come in to add supports to prevent your ceiling from collapsing.

What other projects should I do at the same time as adding my new ceiling fan?

If you're adding one ceiling fan, adding additional fans makes sense if you're working on a larger room because you're already paying your electrician’s travel costs. While you're altering your ceiling or walls, you might also consider:

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